The state government has decided to keep the schools in the state close till 31st December, considering the possible risk of COVID-19 pandemic. A notification regarding this has been issued by the Schools and Mass Education Department. The government has taken the decision after conducting consultations with different stakeholders.

Two Arrested for Illegal Possession of Firearms

In a case of possession and transportation of illegal firearms, the Choudwar Police has arrested two persons. Besides, the police have seized one 9mm pistol along with one round of live ammunition. Furthermore, they also have seized one revolver with two rounds of ammunition and Rs. 200 in cash.

OPSC Launches E-office

LC Patnaik, the Chairman of The Odisha Public Services Commissions, has launched E-office. The implementation of e-office made by the CMGI- Center for Modernizing Government Initiative along with NIC under the 5Ts Initiative. As per the report, this has been deployed in 101 government offices. It has proved to be very useful.

Padmini Dian Inaugurates Mruttika-2020

Padmini Dian, Handloom, Textiles, and Handicrafts Minister, has inaugurated the 15th Annual Terracotta Exhibition, Mruttika-2020, at the Exhibition Ground in Bhubaneswar. As per the report, the exhibition will run till 12th November. More than 157 Terracotta artisans will sell their products. It is expected that around Rs. 1.254 crore of business turnover will be made from this.

Odisha Economy may Shrink by Around 2%: Report

Odisha’s economic condition is forecasted to contract by around 1 to 2 percent for the fiscal year 2020-21, and the primary reason behind this will be the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been informed by AK Meena, Finance Secretary. The collection of taxes during 2020-21 as well as 2021-22 will be a little low, and this can affect the inflow of gran-in-aid from the Centre.

Journalist Arrested in Jharsuguda for Threatening Jogan Shahayika

A reporter of a web news portal was arrested for threatening a Jogan Shahayika and her husband. As per the report, the accused name is Ranjit Prahand, and has been booked under Section 506, 294, and 385 of the IPC. It may be noted that around four cases are still pending against that person.